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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

People mistake me for him all the time

Some time this past summer I did something that I never do:  I filled out a personal information card at an upscale Jerusalem wine merchant which supposedly entitled me to free membership in their 'discount club'.  The result has been that for about the past six months I've been getting their weekly newsletter with their featured wines and upcoming events by email. 

I have enjoyed watching how some Israeli businesses are slowly starting to 'get' the whole customer service thing, and this wine store has been extremely proactive in extending the welcome mat to the public with weekly wine tastings, buffets and other events designed to help them engage with potential customers.  So basically I haven't minded the emails too much since if their sales and my tastes happen to coincide I'll occasionally stop by and buy something.

Well, somewhere on that long-ago information card I filled out there must have been a space for 'birthday'... because yesterday morning I checked email and found the following message from this friendly wine store:

"Happy Birthday David Bogner!

We're happy to wish you mazal tov on the occasion of your birthday, December 25th, and are pleased to send you the enclosed coupon for 50 shekels off your next purchase with us.

Looking forward to seeing you,

The staff at [name of wine store]

I couldn't have been happier!  OK, maybe I could have been a tiny bit happier if they had sent me the coupon on my actual birthday; June 23rd... but why quibble?

Knowing that they truly meant well, I sent the following response:

Thanks so much!  I look forward to stopping by to pick out a nice bottle of wine for my birthday.  One thing though... my birthday is on June 23rd.  You must have been thinking of another Jewish boy who was born on Dec 25th.  :-)


I'll let you know if they respond.

Posted by David Bogner on December 26, 2007 | Permalink


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Posted by: jaime | Dec 26, 2007 8:25:41 PM

What a hoot!

Posted by: Noa | Dec 26, 2007 8:35:39 PM

So this couple was checking into a hotel late on December 25, during a blizzard, with an infant. The clerk asked the man for his name, and he said, Joseph. He asked the woman, and she said, my name is Mary. The clerk said, and I suppose the baby's name is Jesus? They looked at him and said, what, do we look like we're Puerto Ricans?

Posted by: Bar-z | Dec 27, 2007 1:15:00 AM

Okay, we get the hint. Happy (belated) birthday!

Posted by: Mark Patterson | Dec 27, 2007 1:41:11 AM

Cute comeback :)

Posted by: Steve Bogner | Dec 27, 2007 2:16:31 AM

LOL! (no way will they respond to that)

Posted by: cruisin-mom | Dec 27, 2007 5:17:28 AM

No doubt it's your ability to turn wine into water that had them confused.

Posted by: Bob | Dec 27, 2007 5:48:41 AM

Which wine store?

Yup, only I would ask such a question

Posted by: Avi | Dec 27, 2007 10:34:47 AM


Posted by: weese | Dec 27, 2007 11:20:36 PM

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